Why do I Need a Police Report After a Car Accident and How do I Get One?

Anytime you are involved in a traffic accident it’s important that you obtain a police report from the responding police officer. If there were no police at the scene of the crash you are required to report the accident within 7 days to the local police department.

A police report is an official record of what happened including witness statements, injuries and the parties involved. The names of all drivers and passengers are included as well as a description of the vehicles and insurance information.

The police officer may offer his or her conclusions about who is at fault for the accident. These reports also indicate whether any of the involved drivers were cited for traffic offenses such as driving under the influence, illegal turns, speeding, etc.

A police report is an official government record of the incident and can be used by all parties as evidence of what happened. It is helpful if either party intends on filing an insurance claim.

How to Get a Police Report

There are several ways to obtain a police report. The easiest way is by going to the police department’s website and ordering one online. You may also mail a request to the police department or request one in person at the police station. You may need your driver’s license as identification as well as the police report ID number if it was given to you by the responding police officer at the scene of the crash.

How much does it cost to get a Police Report?

The cost of the police report depends on the specific police agency who handled your accident. Some police agencies provide the report free of charge and others charge a nominal fee, typically a few dollars.

Why is it taking so long to get the Police Report?

The time it takes to receive the police report varies depending on various factors including the gravity of the accident. Smaller fender bender crashes with minor injuries may take a few days or a week, but more complicated collisions involving a crime or a serious injury or death may take weeks or months to be completed. A police investigation may prolong how long it takes to obtain this report.

Need help obtaining a police accident report? Contact us today at 800-235-6801

How to Get a Police Report

Southern California Police Department Links

California Highway Patrol

Riverside County, California

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
(This is a link to Riverside police departments. Find the city where accident took place and click on link to request a police report).

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Santa Ana Police Department

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Los Angeles Police Department

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

San Diego Police Department

Are you having difficulty obtaining a police report or you need help? If you have been involved in a traffic accident and need help obtaining a police report, contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801. Our personal injury law firm assists individuals who have been injured in a car accident through no fault of their own.

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